Orange County California
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
There may be an additional charge for pets over 99 lbs, extended travel (see Service Area below), appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), and aggressive pets.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered out to sea.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Mary Gardner, DVM
Born and raised in Orange County, NY, I was one of those children that attracted stray animals like bees to honey, and I loved it! Of course my heart-wrenching story telling became legendary as I created saga after saga about why it was imperative that my parents allow these animals to join our family. One of the most cherished additions was a Samoyed that I had rescued at the Humane Society and named Snow White. The 12 years we shared together were wonderful, and we had grown to be intricate parts of one another's lives.
But in 1999 fate dealt me a shattering blow as she unexpectedly passed due to a systemic infection. The only positive I can take away from this tragic event is that I was able to say good-bye to my best friend as she lay in my arms and breathed her last breath. I was her last glimpse of a life that was filled with love, compassion and companionship. Although stricken with grief as I mourned my loss, I knew at that very moment that I wanted to follow a long held dream of becoming a veterinarian in order to help people care for their cherished animal friends.
While practicing small animal medicine, my most enjoyable moments are creating close relationships with the families of the pets I treat. Early on I had recognized this dynamic kinship between animal, owner and practitioner and was bestowed with the most distinguished Human-Animal Bond award in Veterinary school. The awareness of this bond makes the task of assisting clients with the difficult decision to euthanize their pets all the more arduous. I've come to appreciate the very fragile balance of a pet having a good quality of life and knowing when it's time to be selfless and let your pet pass with dignity and without suffering. Although a difficult task, I am always honored to be a part of the family's last moments with their beloved pets.
Over 10 years later, I still think of and miss my lovely Snow White every time I must help a family say goodbye to their pet. I've chosen to focus on this aspect of Veterinary medicine because helping families say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult yet important part of the human-animal bond. Creating a loving and nurturing environment for both pets and owners is instrumental in helping them to find closure at such a difficult time. While I comfort the families left behind, I like to think that every pet that I help is greeted by my Snow White as they cross the rainbow bridge.
Amanda Page, DVM
I grew up on the Central Coast of California & naturally gravitated to all animals that crossed my path. I would spend countless hours with our family cats and dogs. As I grew older I spent much of my time on ranches working with horses, cattle, goats, sheep & pigs. Some of my fondest memories are when my friend and I would take her goat on road trips and play soccer with my pig Cupcake. I always knew I would work with animals but it wasn’t until I started working at a small animal veterinary hospital that I realized veterinary medicine was my calling.
In the year 2000 I adopted a cat named Hank that would change my life forever. Our unique bond guided me to pursue feline veterinary medicine after my studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, I specialized in feline medicine for 7 years. In 2013, Hank was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Grieving Hank’s diagnosis and decline was one of my life’s greatest challenges as he had been my best friend through so much of my young adult life. I facilitated Hank’s passing at home surrounded by his family and our other pets. The loss I felt struck me to my core. Hank has taught me so much about the impermanence of life, unconditional love and that our bond continues in a more subtle way.
I hold a special place in my heart for providing comfortable and dignified end of life care for the beautiful pets I have been blessed to care for & have chosen to focus on this aspect of care. As we enter the transitional phases of our beloved pets life, it can be so difficult to know when it is time to make the selfless decision to provide the gift of a peaceful passing. Providing gentle guidance, unconditional support and compassion along with holding space for families to experience their emotions, grieve, remember and begin the path to healing is an honor I am blessed to fulfill.
Mary Gardner, DVM
"I had to say goodbye to my old girl Bebe in November of last year. Like all animal lovers, we want to extend their time here with us as long as possible with proper medications and an abundance of love and attention.... and in some cases that works for awhile.
For me the hardest part of letting go is knowing when it's the right time. With Dr. Mary's guidance I was able to let go before crisis mode set in, which would have been the worst possible scenario.
My girl had a beautiful, stress free send off in her own home and on her own bed. She was at peace, which in turn brought peace to my heart. Lap of Love was the best gift I could've given to both of us.
For anyone struggling with this very difficult decision I highly recommend contacting Lap of Love. What an amazing and much needed service they provide. God bless the entire staff, particularly Dr. Mary Gardner - thank you for your love and emotional support!"
Cheryl BrownYorba Linda, California
"Nearly 14 years ago our family went looking for our first family pet, a birthday gift for our daughter, turning 10. We wanted to adopt a shelter cat and found an adorable 8-week-old kitty to take home: a busy, spirited, beautiful little Torbie we named Jazzy. Jazzy was a quirky and active little character who challenged us at times with her temper but was also sweet and loving. She became a special part of our family, always surprising us with her antics whether that was to chase a wayward fly, pose in an adorable position or cuddle on our laps. Jazzy lived a long, happy life. When it was her time on February 13th to make her way to kitty heaven, Dr. Amanda Page with her kindness, encouragement, and wonderful care helped us say goodbye to our precious girl in the serenity of our home. We can't say enough about Lap of Love and their staff, creating an environment where we were able to give our sweet Jazzy a beautiful sendoff. We appreciate you and all you do, and highly recommend Lap of Love veterinary hospice. Thank you to Dr. Amanda and all!""
Allison JohnsonAliso Viejo, California
"Parting ways with a loved one is a difficult journey in itself and facing the decision between holding on and it is time. I didn't think I had to face the latter, not with my beloved furry family member of 14 years, at least not this soon and not in the way I had imagined. Age did not come to him so gracefully and medicine, too, eventually start to loose it effects; surgery just wasn't appropriate and cruel for his health condition. After exhausting the possible options, educating ourselves about euthanasia, and involving immediate family members on his life quality and condition, we opted for a in home euthanasia with a reputable and compassionate service, Lap of Love. Although the education and discussions helped segway into this moment, nothing could truly prepare us for this loss & we couldn't have asked for any better than Dr. Page to help us through this difficult time. We are grateful that Doggie was able to leave with dignity and love with the help of Dr. Page, who was patient and compassionate with the whole process while giving us the space we needed to say our farewell. After his passing and when we were ready to let him leave us, she allowed us to lay him in a basket with a blanket. Although, it was heartbreaking, we are all thankful to have him leave us knowing how much we love him and painless (other than the initial injection, which wasn't long before the pain killers kicked in). Thank you Dr. Page and the staff of Lap of Love and if we or have people who are faced with this choice (again), you would be our first choice when everything else has been exhausted."
Eva KGarden Grove, California
"Nearly 14 years ago our family went looking for our first family pet, a birthday gift for our daughter, turning 10. We wanted to adopt a shelter cat and found an adorable 8-week-old kitty to take home: a busy, spirited, beautiful little Torbie we named Jazzy. Jazzy was a quirky and active little character who challenged us at times with her temper but was also sweet and loving. She became a special part of our family, always surprising us with her antics whether that was to chase a wayward fly, pose in an adorable position or cuddle on our laps. Jazzy lived a long, happy life. When it was her time on February 13th to make her way to kitty heaven, Dr. Amanda Page with her kindness and love helped us say goodbye to our precious girl in the serenity of our home. We can't say enough about Lap of Love and their staff, creating an environment where we were able to give our sweet Jazzy a warm, happy sendoff. We appreciate you and all you do, and highly recommend this vet hospice. Thank you to Dr. Amanda and all!"
"I never had to do anything like this before and really didn't know a service like this was available. Fortunately, I had the time to research this and found Lap Of Love. After reading the Bios on the local Drs, I knew Amanda was the only person I wanted attending to Lucky, and as fate would have it, on the day it was time for me to let Lucky go, she was on call. I knew that was God answering my prayers. From the first moment Amanda arrived, if felt like I was meeting as sister I never knew, and after talking with her and her meeting Lucky, I knew she was capable of carrying the weight of our sorrow. She set the tone of how this evening would unfold, and that was one of a celebration for the gift that Lucky was to us. I will always feel indebted to Lap of Love and Amanda for coming along side us in one of the most difficult times I could imagine."
Ken GarciaAnaheim Hills, California
"We were so pleased to have found Lap of Love. Our friend told us about it and we could not have been more pleased. Diva was our fifth Lab and was a sweet girl to everyone. It was so important to us that she make this transition peacefully and lovingly. Dr. Amanda was the kindest and nicest vet we have ever met. She took so much time with us and made this experience something we will treasure. We will be telling all of our dog friends about this special service. Our sweet Diva got her angel wings and we are blessed.
Kathy and Brian Evans"
Kathy EvansLong Beach, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Ellie Freedman, MFT heads this wonderful group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital
Orange County Veterinary Specialists (24h)
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove
Mandi Pratt Artist at Greyboy Pet Prints
Orange County Animal Care Services
Irvine Animal Care Center
Seal Beach Animal Care Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Los Angeles County
Long Beach and Whittier
Normal service areas include the majority of Orange County California and a few sections of LA County. Extended Service areas include but are not limited to Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel & San Juan Capistrano. Typical fee is between $25-50 depending on distance.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner